Should McKenzie Schools block public access?

Are locks, fences & gates the answer?

During their January 16, 2013 meeting, members of the McKenzie School Board took a first look at increasing student safety by limiting public access. Up for discussion was a plan to put cameras and locks on the front doors of the high school and administration buildings as well as two more at the elementary school. Another possibility is the placement of fencing and gates to keep people from walking onto the grounds from the parking lot. That would involve barriers going up between the high school and the new gymnasium - as well as between the administration and the old gym. A third concern was how fence off the area elementary behind the elementary school.

Of course, the safety concerns were connected with recent tragedies at other schools around the country.

What effect would the creation of a "closed campus" have on the atmosphere of this small rural school?

How do parents feel about security concerns probably eliminating their ability to walk their children to their classes?

Are there other options to consider?

How does this fit into a world where school budgets continue to be cut?



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